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That, was a back breaking loss... Up by 14 points in the 4th Quarter, and Favre manages to have a career high in passing yards and bring the Vikings back for a win. He even threw for half of his over 440 yards in the 4th Quarter. Next week is a MUST WIN game.

And again, screw the spambots. I hope someone makes a program that makes the computer for whoever runs those damn things explode.

Brett Favre rallies Minnesota Vikings over Arizona Cardinals in OT
Their uniforms soaked in sweat, some accented by smears of blood, the Cardinals walked off Mall of America Field on Sunday afternoon wishing, maybe, that they weren't too old to cry. Blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and losing 27-24 in overtime can do that to you.

Cardinals vs. Vikings - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Even Brett Favre thought the Minnesota Vikings were done - for the game, and quite possibly the season. Down 14 with less than five minutes to play against Arizona. Chants of "Fire Childress!" filling the Metrodome. A Super Bowl-or-bust season on the brink. blogs - Kent Somers - Post-game spread
It's been a while since I've seen fans as unhappy as the Vikings' faithful on Sunday. Many had "Fire Childress" signs and others wore T-shirts with "Can Chili" on them. The Cardinals came close to making things uglier but couldn't close the deal.

Heartbreak In Minnesota
Cardinals can't hold on to fourth-quarter lead in 27-24 overtime loss

Cards Spurred By Return Scores
While the Cardinals are still looking for offensive consistency, they have already seemingly found another consistent way to score – returning the ball, one way or the other.

Improvement, But No Escaping Favre
Derek Anderson wore a tired smile, and then answered what he thought about Brett Favre showing Sunday. "He just needs to quit," Anderson said.

Wrap-up: Vikings 27, Cardinals 24 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Cardinals fell to 3-5 and blew another prime opportunity to assert themselves in the NFC West. This one had to hurt badly. Arizona can still get to 8-8 by winning its five remaining home games (against Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Denver and Dallas). But losing fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back weeks has to shake the Cardinals' confidence. At least there's a fat margin for error in the NFC West.

Rapid Reaction: Vikings 27, Cardinals 24 - NFC North Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Minnesota Vikings avoided a supernova by eking out an overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals, improving their record to 3-5 and (presumably) saving the job of their head coach. This game was ugly for the first three and 1/2 quarters, but the 43rd game-saving/winning drive of quarterback Brett Favre’s career was enough to send the team’s faithful home happy for at least one day.

Vikings aftermath
It’s happened before, when you have a game unfold the way Sunday’s did and you begin to figure out what you want to ask after the game and so much has happened – most of it good for the team you are covering – and you jot down all the notes you want to ask about after the game. Then the rest of the game happens – like Sunday’s – and it all seems so moot by the time you get to the locker room and the players and coaches have suffered a collective gut-punch to end the day.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's masterpiece sends Arizona Cardinals reeling
Sometimes, Larry Fitzgerald wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about his team's loss in Super Bowl XLIII. Nothing on a football field can ever touch that heartbreak. "But this is right up there," Fitzgerald said Sunday after the Cardinals' 27-24 meltdown loss in his hometown. "We had them down, man. We had them." And then the Cardinals quit.

Arizona Cardinals should make play for McNabb as QB next season
The Cardinals have reached the midpoint of their season, but all The Heat Index keeps getting grilled about by friends and acquaintances are questions about next season. And it pretty much has been the same thing: Who's going to be the Cardinals' starting quarterback in 2011? Assuming there isn't a lockout, of course.

Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned from Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings
Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned from Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Kent Somers breaks down the key points from the Cardinals' heartbreaker in Minneapolis.

Top Five: Most Heartbreaking Regular Season Cardinals Losses In The Ken Whisenhunt Era - SB Nation Arizona
With Scott Howard in a foul mood about yesterday's loss to the Vikings, what better to explore than the five most heartbreaking regular season losses in the Whisenhunt era?

Phoenix Suns end Atlanta Hawks' 14-game home winning streak
The Suns started the season with what seemed like a preview of the Western Conference playoff bracket until it saw Memphis to get to 2-3. The Atlanta Hawks had taken a tour through what could be the NBA draft lottery to be at 6-0. The truth was somewhere in between, just as it played out with a game that was tied at 106, 108, 110 and 112 before the Suns got the go-ahead shot on a Channing Frye post turnaround and a stop to wind up a 118-114 winner against the Hawks at Phillips Arena. It ended Atlanta's 14-game home winning streak.

NFL Videos: Cardinals postgame press conference
Cardinals react following game with Vikings

NFL Videos: GameDay: Cardinals vs. Vikings highlights
Highlights of the Vikings 27-24 OT victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL Videos: McNabb moving on?
Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin discuss what the future holds for recently benched QB Donovan McNabb. (Deion mentions Arizona)

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - MIN Review
Coach Whisenhunt reviews the Cardinals loss against the Vikings with Doug and Wolf on Sports 620 KTAR

Cards Talk About 27-24 Loss to Vikings

Cardinals make statement before halftime - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Go ahead and exhale, Arizona Cardinals fans. Derek Anderson made it through that critical drive late in the first half without disaster intervening. His respective 30-yard completions to Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Andre Roberts, the latter for a touchdown, have given the Cardinals a 14-10 halftime lead at Minnesota.

Halftime: Cardinals 14, Vikings 10 - NFC North Blog - ESPN
Some halftime thoughts from the Metrodome:

Vikings fall further behind - NFC North Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals just opened the second half with their second special teams touchdown of the game, giving them a 21-10 lead at the still-silent Metrodome just 12 seconds into the half.

Arizona Cardinals: The Good And The Bad From Week 9 - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals lost a soul-crushingly close game to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. What was good and what was bad about the loss?

Career day for Favre leads Vikings back |
Mired in one of the worst seasons of his 20-year career, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has relied on a career day to bring his team back from a 14-point deficit.

Sifting through the NFC West rubble - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFC West can't even get a good quarterback controversy going. Derek Anderson or Max Hall in Arizona? Troy Smith or Alex Smith in San Francisco? Charlie Whitehurst or Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle?

Silver linings: Cardinals at Vikings - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Cardinals fell to 3-5 with a 27-24 overtime defeat to the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Week 9.

Sendlein the center of attention
Lyle Sendlein can't go unnoticed. He's 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, and has a beard that any lumberjack would envy. He looks like he could be famous. And he is.

Iwebema likely done and Beanie’s situation
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said DE Kenny Iwebema will have more tests done to his knee, but the coach said he is "not optimistic" and the fear is that he tore his ACL. If that’s true, Iwebema will be done for the season, a blow to the Cards’ special teams and a blow to Iwebema, who has dealt with his share of health issues (most notably the tumor he had removed from his chest during 2009′s offseason). If Iwebema is out, it likely opens the door for Bryan Robinson to play more end and to open up game work for Gabe Watson, who has been inactive most of the first half of the season. - Whisenhunt not discouraged by difficult loss
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has every right to be upset with his team which is in the midst of their first three-game losing streak since his inaugural season with the team in 2007. Surprisingly though, the man who has been at the helm of back-to-back heartbreaking losses seems more encouraged by his team's performance Sunday than disheartened. - Burns: Not the backbreaking loss it seems for the Cardinals
The Cardinals won the turnover battle, got exactly the kind of steady performance that we've been waiting for out of a starting quarterback and had a two touchdown lead with four minutes and 39 seconds left in the game. And they still lost. - Doug: Notes on Cardinals OT loss to Vikings
- Opinions Entries at - E: Cardinals were oh so close in Minnesota
For awhile it appeared the Cardinals were going to get some help from something they had nothing to do with during the work week. - Cardinals leave Minnesota battered and bruised
As if losing to the Vikings the way they did wasn't bad enough, injury looks to have been added to insult as the Cardinals may be without defensive lineman Kenny Iwebema for the rest of the season.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings play of the game
Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings play of the game, The Cardinals led 24-17. The Vikings had the ball on Arizona's 25-yard line. It was 3rd and 6. There were 34 seconds left in the game.

Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre playing for himself, not coach Brad Childress
Vikings coach Brad Childress was greeted with boos when he walked on the field before Sunday's game, and when the Vikings fell behind, a "Fire Childress" chant started.

The Designed Rush: Wade Phillips Fired (Soon), Patriots Porous D, And Other First Half Lessons -
We take a look at a few lessons gleaned from the first half of the NFL season, including the moment Wade Phillips lost his job, the problems with the Patriots that could allow them to lose to the Browns, head shot penalties, and more.

NFC West QB rankings through Week 9 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly look at where NFC West quarterbacks stand (trending arrows indicate general direction, not necessarily a change in ranking from the previous week):

Harvin fumble could be last nail in Chilly's coffin |
Several readers have told us that FOX microphones picked up at halftime of the Cardinals-Vikings game a fan yelling for the Wilf family to "fire this f--king idiot at halftime." On the first play after halftime, the camel's back may have been broken.

King: Childress says comment about Favre was a joke |
In the wake of some curious post-game comments from Vikings coach Brad Childress that seemed to take the Lord (Favre's) name in vain, Childress told Peter King of NBC's Football Night in America that Childress was joking.

15 months later, a true schism in Minnesota |
When the Vikings signed Brett Favre in August 2009, Adam Schefter of ESPN shoehorned into the football vernacular a new term. Schism. Fifteen months after the fact, the word has strong relevance to the Vikings, regarding the fate of its head coach.

Vikings feared that Percy was becoming another Randy |
A flurry of factoids from Ed Werder, Adam Schefter, and Chris Mortensen at the top of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown regarding the sad state of affairs in Minnesota overlooked one key reality that has been lost in the shuffle ever since Randy Moss was abruptly dumped six days ago. Per a league source, the Vikings organization feared that the presence of Randy Moss was making Percy Harvin into another Randy Moss.

Patriots exposed, more early-game analysis - Andrew Perloff -
Quick-hitting insights from the slate of 1 p.m. games ...

Favre's historic day, Mangini one-ups Belichick, more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional Week 9 insight as we make special note of our first ever Snap Judgments filed from the Black Hole, the very epicenter of Raiders Nation ...

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf won't discuss Brad Childress' job status - NFL -
Like voters flocking to the polls, Minnesota Vikings fans loudly called for a change in leadership to save a fast-sinking season that started with Super Bowl aspirations. news: Stafford re-injures right shoulder in overtime loss to Jets
Matthew Stafford's return to the lineup lasted less than two games. The Detroit quarterback hurt his right shoulder again late in his team's 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. news: Colts WR Collie suffers concussion on helmet-to-helmet hit
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie suffered a concussion on a second-quarter hit to his head Sunday by Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman.

It's getting harder and harder to keep Wade Phillips |
Really, Jerry Jones would be doing Wade Phillips a favor. It's hard enough to watch these games. Coaching this dreadful Cowboys squad for the rest of the season would hurt Phillips a lot more than getting fired.

Channing Crowder of Miami Dolphins accuses Ravens RB Le'Ron McClain of spitting in his face - ESPN
Crowder said when he complained to the officials, they told him they didn't see McClain spit at him. "Then they said something about they let [Dolphins linebacker] Karlos Dansby get away with a face mask the play before," Crowder said. "Who the f--- cares? A guy just spit in my face! I don't give a damn about Karlos pulling somebody's face mask. Like they didn't see [Dolphins quarterback] Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. Yeah, a little Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank." Asked what the Anne Frank reference meant, Crowder said "Who was that? Is that the blind girl? Helen Keller ... I don't know who the f--- Anne Frank is. I'm mad right now. F--- it. I'm not as swift as I usually am."

Video: Eagles fans boo as Colts receiver lay motionless on field - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Philadelphia Eagles fans are always complaining that their reputation as the most boorish fans in football is unjust and that a few unfortunate incidents over the past few decades have been blown out of proportion by the media. We're passionate, they claim, not impertinent. But then a small faction of these same fans go out and cascade boos upon a field as a knocked-out opponent lies motionless on it, unintentionally reinforcing the stereotype they claim to be false.

Power rankings revisited: Week 9 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings (with new rankings scheduled for Tuesday):

Matt Moore injury update: Shoulder surgery ends QB's season - NFL -
The Panthers have lost starting quarterback Matt Moore for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, further complicating Carolina's miserable season.

Browns, Vikings, Philip Rivers stand out in Week 9 - Peter King -
This is one of those weeks, covering the NFL, when you could write about 10 or 12 things in depth. Pick something. Anything. news: Cowboys owner Jones: 'I've got a lot of decisions to make'
The Cowboys' lost season reached a new low point in Sunday night's 45-7 pasting by the Green Bay Packers, and Dallas owner Jerry Jones is starting to sound like a man ready to do something about it. news: Helmet-to-helmet hits show up again, but should they be fined?
After nine weeks of games, we are finally starting to see separation in the NFL. I have a new team at the top, and it's in the NFC (and it's not the Packers). Five teams thrilled all of us with comeback wins. The bye has finally started to pay dividends. An attempt to make the game safer may have gone a bit too far. And who needs Randy Moss? Do you find it as ironic as I do that Brett Favre had the greatest yardage game of his 20-year career five days after his team released Moss? news: Dolphins want investigation into alleged Ravens spitting incident
Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Monday he'll ask the NFL to look into the team's complaint that Baltimore Ravens running back Le'Ron McClain spit in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder. Sparano said he has sufficient evidence to pursue the matter with the league.

Week Nine Monday 10-pack |
It's always a challenge to reduce a crazy Sunday to a series of 10 takes. But this job still beats working for a living, so it's a challenge we embrace. And so we give you this week's largely Chilly-free Monday 10-pack.

Anne Frank, Helen Keller, and how to be washed up at 26 years old |
On Sunday evening, Florio passed along the colorful words of his old buddy Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder after Miami's painful loss to the Ravens. But we missed some of the most fun parts. We especially like when Crowder crititized the officials for saying they didn't see Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spit on him.

Week 9's five most valuable players - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

Week 9's five least valuable players - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

Giants vs. Seahawks - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Eli Manning isn't ready to hear all the accolades the New York Giants might be getting as one of the NFL's top teams at the midway point, no matter how dominating they looked Sunday.

Chargers vs. Texans - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Philip Rivers picked apart the Houston Texans ' porous pass defense, even without some of his favorite receivers.

Saints vs. Panthers - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The record is not as flashy, the offensive numbers not as gaudy and the New Orleans Saints aren't running away from the competition like last year.

Patriots vs. Browns - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
When the scoreboard clock finally showed zeros, Bill Belichick walked slowly across the torn-up field to meet Cleveland's coach, his protege and estranged friend, amid a swarm of players and photographers. Belichick found Eric Mangini, looked him in the eye and offered his hand. It was time to concede defeat, one as thorough as any in recent memory.

Buccaneers vs. Falcons - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
With a powerful running back, a balanced passing game and a gutty goal-line stand, the Atlanta Falcons showed they're the best in the NFC South. At least for this week.

Bears vs. Bills - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
In their relentlessly frustrating search for a victory, the Buffalo Bills have now proven they're equally as bumbling on both sides of the border.

Dolphins vs. Ravens - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The Baltimore Ravens emphatically shut down the Miami Dolphins ' highly successful road show.

Jets vs. Lions - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Mark Sanchez threw a lot of passes high, low and wide. When it mattered most, he found his target.

Colts vs. Eagles - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Michael Vick shared a long embrace with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after coming back from a month off to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a big win. When Peyton Manning is on the other side, it's no ordinary game.

Chiefs vs. Raiders - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
As the Oakland Raiders poured out onto the field to celebrate Sebastian Janikowski 's overtime kick, the 13 penalties, three turnovers and long stretches of offensive ineptitude were merely a footnote. The Raiders won their biggest game in nearly eight years and are once again a contender in the AFC West.

Cowboys vs. Packers - Recap - November 7, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Every time it seemed as though the Dallas Cowboys hit their low point, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers knocked them down another notch.